Colorado Rockies add former New York Yankees assistant hitting coach, former Miami Marlins bullpen coach to staff

TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 21: P.J. Pilittere #63 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait during the New York Yankees Photo Day on February 21, 2019 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 21: P.J. Pilittere #63 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait during the New York Yankees Photo Day on February 21, 2019 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Rockies have announced that they have finalized their 2022 MLB coaching staff with the promotion of one coach formerly on the MLB staff, the promotion of a minor league coach, and two hires from outside of the organization.

Former bullpen coach Darryl Scott, 53, is officially the club’s new pitching coach. His promotion follows the promotion of former pitching coach Steve Foster to the director of pitching development after Mark Wiley retired earlier this offseason. Scott was the club’s bullpen coach in 2020 and 2021 after he had been a minor league pitching coach or coordinator since 2011.

The Colorado Rockies will have three new faces on their coaching staff in 2022.

Taking over for Darryl Scott as the bullpen coach for the Colorado Rockies is Reid Cornelius. Cornelius, 51, joins the Rockies after spending the last two seasons as a rehab pitching coach for the Miami Marlins in 2021. Cornelius rejoined the Marlins after he was the Triple-A pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves. Prior to that Cornelius was also the Marlins bullpen coach from 2010 through 2016 and was a minor league coach or coordinator with them from 2003 through 2009.

Cornelius was a minor league pitching coach with Steve Foster, who was a minor league coach or major league coach for the Marlins from 2005 through 2009. He was also the bullpen coach for former Marlins manager Mike Redmond from 2013 through 2015. Redmond, of course, is the Rockies bench coach and right-hand man to manager Bud Black.

The Rockies also hired two “assistant hitting coaches.” In 2021, the Rockies had a de facto second assistant hitting coach with Tim Doherty but he was relieved of his duties as “major league coach” after the season ended.

P. J. Pilittere, 40, is one of the new assistant hitting coaches. He is familiar with the duties as he was the assistant hitting coach for the New York Yankees from 2018 through 2021. He had been in the Yankees organization since 2004 where he was a minor league catcher from 2004 through 2011 and a minor league coach from 2012 through 2017. He was a minor league hitting coach at each level from Rookie-ball (2012), to Low-A (2013), High-A (2014), Double-A (2015-2016), and Triple-A (2017) before becoming the assistant hitting coach for the Yankees.

Andy González, 39, will be promoted to the major league coaching staff as an assistant hitting coach after spending the last three seasons as the Rockies camps and fundamentals coordinator. He has been in the Rockies organization for the last seven seasons.

He joined the Rockies in 2015 as the hitting coach for Short Season-A Boise before becoming their manager in 2016. He was promoted to the role of supervisor of player development for Rookie-level Grand Junction (2017 through 2019). González was an infielder for parts of three MLB seasons with the White Sox, Cleveland, and Marlins from 2007 through 2009. He retired from playing in 2013.

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The rest of the coaching staff remains the same. It looks like this, with the new hires and promotions in bold.

  • Mike Redmond, bench coach
  • Ron Gideon, first base
  • Stu Cole, third base
  • Dave Magadan, hitting
  • P. J. Pilittere, assistant hitting
  • Andy González, assistant hitting
  • Darryl Scott, pitching 
  • Reid Cornelius, bullpen
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